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Kirill Gerstein releases Tchaikovsky-approved Piano Concerto No. 1

“This is not a warhorse, though pianists have enjoyed turning it into one,” 2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein said of Tchakovsky’s First Piano Concerto, which he has recorded and will be releasing on Feb. 9 through the Myrios Classics label. The score that Gerstein has recorded is the only one that Tchaikovsky ever actually approved.

“Tchaikovsky always called this piece ‘my lyrical concerto’ and it’s so important to get back to that idea,” Gerstein said. For the past 100 years, an edited version of the concerto has been performed and recorded, but this version was never approved by the composer. Gerstein noted that the edited version’s changes “added a flavour of superficial brilliance to the piece which at the same time took away from its genuine musical character.

“The new edition allows us to turn back to Tchaikovsky’s original intentions.”

You can pre-order the CD, which features Gerstein joined by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by James Gaffigan. His last album, “Imaginary Pictures,” was featured on the New York Times’ best classical recordings of 2014. Gerstein is currently on a European tour and will visit California, New York and New Jersey in March.

Tchaikovsky CD cover